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Critchlow appoints new Chief Executive

For immediate press release.

Wellington, New Zealand: 1 May, 2008.

Jos Kunnen joins Critchlow as new CEO

Jos Kunnen has joined location intelligence specialists Critchlow Ltd. as Chief Executive Officer.

Kunnen was CIO of Contact Energy from 2004 to 2006. Prior to that, he was the Australasian General Manager of consulting and systems integration for Hewlett Packard, where he worked for 15 years.

Kunnen’s background both as a CIO in a major corporate and as a consultant enables him to bring a deep understanding of the kinds of business and technology issues clients are facing, and of how location intelligence solutions can help address those challenges.

“This is very exciting time to be moving into the world of location intelligence,” he says. “What was once the domain of mappers and cartographers is now part of the mainstream. Businesses are having to grapple with issues like climate change, the need to improve efficiency, conserve energy and manage transport costs. This is putting location intelligence centre stage for better strategic and operational decision-making across all industries.”

“Sectors as diverse as government, utilities, health, retail and financial services are improving performance by integrating spatial information with their existing enterprise IT,” Kunnen adds. “Critchlow has been a leader in this area for 17 years and has developed a wealth of experience and resources. I am looking forward to building on that platform to take the company to the next stage in its growth.”

Critchlow’s former CEO, Kirsty Coombe, resigned to spend more time with her family in the Coromandel. She remains on the company’s board.

“Kirsty Coombe’s decision created an opportunity to bring in new talent to take the company to the next level,” says Executive Director Steve Critchlow. “We are very pleased to have Jos Kunnen join us, as his background in both client and vendor organisations brings a valuable mix of experience and knowledge that will be key in realising our strategic vision.”


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